Slavia’s Kolar cleared to face Arsenal after skull fracture


Slavia Prague said Wednesday doctors had cleared goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar to play in Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final first leg at Arsenal, only three weeks after suffering a skull fracture.

Kolar sustained the injury which also required 10 stitches to his face following a high challenge by Rangers striker Kemar Roofe in Slavia’s previous Europa League game at Ibrox on March 18.

Roofe was sent off, Kolar ended up in hospital and Slavia won 3-1 on aggregate to advance to the quarter-finals.

“Ondrej has been cleared by doctors, he tried full training for the first time on Wednesday,” the Slavia website quoted coach Jindrich Trpisovsky as saying.

“We’ll see what it will do to him and we will decide accordingly on Thursday. We won’t force him,” Trpisovsky added.

If Kolar plays, he will wear a Petr Cech-style helmet and a kevlar face mask.

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The Rangers game was also tarnished by a tussle at the end in which Slavia defender Ondrej Kudela allegedly racially abused Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara.

Slavia claim Kamara had then attacked Kudela after the final whistle.

The case is being investigated by both Police Scotland and UEFA, who on Tuesday handed a provisional one-match suspension to Kudela.

Kudela had already been ruled out of the trip to Arsenal after picking up an injury in the Czech Republic’s World Cup qualifier in Wales last week.

AFP


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